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Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

Florida Museum Explore Paynes Prairie with an Expert Guide

The Florida Museum will host Museum in the Parks: Birds at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., March 15. Participants will learn about Florida’s birds by exploring collections, hiking and participating in activities with Florida Museum of Natural History researchers.


This unique event is best suited for families with children in grades one to six. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Participants will receive a personalized tour of the area, an up-close look at museum specimens and experts to help identify animals seen during the program.


Visitors may see wild-roaming bison and horses, nearly 300 species of birds plus alligators, deer and many other animals. Eight trails, including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, allow exploration of the park’s interior and observe wildlife. A 50-foot high observation tower provides panoramic views.


Admission is $12 per adult/child pair, and includes park entrance fee, plus $6 per additional person. Location: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy. To sign up, visit For more information, call 352-466-3397.